Yekaterinburg‘s night life is scattered throughout the city. Some of the pubs are quite easy to find, and offer fun, breezy nights. However, much of this young, hip city’s night time gems are hidden, tucked away behind worn Soviet facades. For those eager to discover the city’s night time treasures these little bars, clubs and multi-purpose venues are a treat to unearth. Discover the best places to be after dark with these picks on where to go when night falls in Yekaterinburg.
Amy Wine House
Bar, Wine Bar, Russian
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There is probably not a better named wine bar, anywhere, than Yekaterinburg’s Amy Wine House. Not like the grungy singer at all, this fairly new, swanky establishment is on the second floor of an equally swish department store. The bar has an extensive selection of wines, including organic and biodynamic ones, from across the globe and offers up a creative tapas and small plates menu designed by local culinary wiz Vladimir Olkinitsky, of 26/28 fame.
On the main drag, inside the old Press House, one of Yekaterinburg’s most iconic constructivist buildings, is a multi purpose arts and hospitality space, which pulls a creative crowd. It is an industrial, cavernous space, fitted out well to compliment its facade. Here you can grab a meal, check out an exhibition or a gig from some of the best local and national talent and then get your party on until the early hours. Not too artsy to overlook a major sporting event, Press House Loft will screen the games during the World Cup.
Another artsy bar, New Bar has a busy programme of events and gigs every day of the week. Here, they do film screenings, jazz gigs, board games and party nights on Fridays and Saturdays. Not wanting the fun to end, this welcoming cocktail bar also has a dance floor for when the events are over. Also in a mall, go one floor down to New Bar’s restaurant and feast on Russian comfort food and cocktails
Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar, Dessert Shop, Russian, $$$
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As you hope all cocktail bars should be: a little bit dark, a little bit polished, friendly and fun. The excellent cocktails are prepared by a crew of charming bartenders, who want you to have as good a time as they are having. Plus, they do warming bowls of noodles and other Asian dishes, which they also offer for lunches. Spletni also does desserts and has a good selection of wines.
A cocktail bar that turns into a club, this is the place to go if you want a dance and a big night out, rather than a quiet drink over an intimate chat. Bringing in DJs from around Yekaterinburg and beyond to play some tunes, the bar also hosts bands from time to time. The menu is European, with pasta and pizza included, as well as a dessert menu full of rich treats. There is outside seating in the warmer months as well.
Universally popular, this easy, English style pub always pulls a crowd. One of the city’s first pubs, it turns into a club after the kitchen closes and the crowd is up for something a little more lively. It has Guinness on tap and a selection of whiskeys, and either a DJ or band that play crowd pleasing tunes. From time to time Ben Hall also hosts blues, covers and other music festivals. One of the places in town where you can watch a game, this place is guaranteed to be popping during the Word Cup.
Another cocktail bar, Old Fashioned is all leather bound books and mood lighting. A place to go to when you are up for a cracking hangover. The bar is staffed by a fun crew who are always trying to think up new concoctions for the punters to sample. Burgers and light European plates are available, as are shots. Lots, and lots of shots. In fact, this bar loves their shots so much they have this thing called ‘the shot box’. A tray of shots. Literally. On Sundays beers are only 99 roubles.
This old derelict looking building houses a nightclub and music venue that is well suited to its grimy setting. An insight into Yekaterinburg’s music scene, you could stumble across a gem if you just came here on a whim. The international and local DJs and bands that come through here play music with attitude: techno, hip hop, hard rock, heavy metal, rap and drum n bass. Tele-club is from the same guys who set up Amy Wine House and Press House Loft Bar and Gallery, so you can assume you are in the good hands.